Magic track teams sweep opening meets

Boys start the season strong

While the Magic track and field teams are likely itching to get outside, their opponents are more likely itching to get away from the Magic at upcoming meets.
The Monticello boys delivered two convincing wins this past week, both at indoor meets, helping to kick off the season right.
After earning a win at their March 28 opening home meet against Big Lake, Maple Lake and Waconia, Monticello hosted a Tuesday afternoon meet, and again, came out on top.
Squaring off against Cambridge, Rogers and Sauk Rapids, Monticello scored 102.5 points, or, 33 more than their nearest competitor.
The Magic saw strong performances from numerous kids. Sam Johnson was one of the strongest. The junior won the long jump, the 200 (24.77) and 400 (55.63) meter races, and came in second in the 55 meter dash behind teammate Collin Scherber.
Mike Witschen also excelled for the Magic, winning the triple jump (39-01.25) and the 55-meter hurdles.
Monticello was particularly strong in distant events, finishing first, second and third in the 1600, led by event champion Derek Secord.
The Magic earned top two performances from all of their relays, helping give them the points to really seperate from the rest of the field.

Girls cruise to two victories in opening week

The Monticello girls showed up strong in many areas in their first meet of the year, led by middle-distance running.
At the season opening home meet, the Magic, led by event champion Grace Sawatzke, swept the top four places of the 200 meter dash, while finishing with three of the top five places in the 400 meter run, led by second-place finisher Kate Crnokrak.
Led by Mariah Betzler, the Magic also swept the top three places in the 800 meter run, before not surprisingly winning all three relay events at the season opening meet.
The Magic also had plenty of highlights in the field portion of the event. Grace Sawatzke (15-11.5) and Emily Dockendorf (14-11) combined for a 1-2 finish in long jump. Dockendorf also finished third in triple jump, while Brittney Vaughn came in third in shot put.
In their second meet of the year, the Magic doubled up their next closest competitor on their way to a second straight easy win at a four-team home meet.
Monticello swept the five regular running events, with sophomore Mackenzie Cruzan taking the 55 hurdles, Sawatzke sweeping the 200 and 400 and Amber Seidenkranz earning victories in the 800 and 1600 meter races.
The Magic also won the 4×800 relay, as well as earning wins from Sawatzke in the long jump, Dockendorf in the triple jump and Vaughn in the shot put.
Monticello scored 111 points, while second-place Cambridge finished with 53 points.
The next track and field meet is scheduled for 4 p.m. Tuesday at Buffalo Middle School.